Recipe #17: Shakshouka

Have you heard of shakshouka? I had not until a few months ago when my sister made it for dinner and it looked delicious. The dish is eggs in a tomato sauce, often served with a side of bread for dipping. YUM! The dish has a Tunisian origin and can be found in the Middle…

Recipe #16: Sebastian’s Remarkably Wonderful Brownies

My family has only used one brownie recipe ever: the brownie recipe from The Silver Palate Cookbook. This recipe is so well known in my family one of my sisters can make it from memory. The cookbook has even fallen apart at that page. But what’s not to love about, it’s easy, requires few, easy…

Recipe #15: Spaghetti Carbonara

Studying abroad in Florence introduced me to cuisine I would never have thought to try. Pappa al pomodoro. Negroni and Limoncello. Panettone. Neapoltian Pizza. Pasta as a first course followed by an entire meal. Eating and drinking in Italy was an entirely new experience for me – and included my introduction to the classic spaghetti carbonara….

Recipe #14: Challah

Being in the kitchen for me is not about the act of keeping myself fed, that’s just the benefit. For me it’s the act of creating a dish that brings me joy. Whether it be attempting a new recipe, playing around with new ingredients, or whipping up a dish I know in my sleep. I find…

How I Make: Black Beans

I never liked black beans, until my sister made them a few years ago. They were delicious, looked easy, and on the less expensive side. So I decided I would try what she does, and over the years perfected them more and more. Typically I eat them over rice, but recently I have discovered they…

Recipe #13: World Peace Cookies

“Mother says I was a dancer before I could walk” are lyrics from an ABBA song. I think about these lyrics when I think about myself, cooking and baking. I could bake LONG before I could ever cook. Some of my fondest memories growing up are helping my mom bake anything. Cookies. Zucchini Muffins. Banana…

Recipe #12: Perfect Tomato Sauce

The first thing I began to experiment with in the kitchen was tomato sauce. It began with me mixing my mom’s homemade pesto with jarred tomato sauce and has evolved into a mix of ingredients based on what I want to eat. My time studying abroad is the closest I have ever come to using…

Recipe #11: Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi are not like mashed potatoes. Don’t believe anyone when they try to convince you otherwise. It sounds crazy that someone would every try to say so, but this is what was said to me when mashed potatoes were being replaced with gnocchi at a family Christmas meal. I believed the tale and engaged in…

Recipe #10: Super Tuna Melts

When I hear the name Tuna Melt, I picture my family kitchen when I was younger with my mom taking a Tuna Melt out of the toaster oven as they are on their way out, leaving us with a sitter. It was one of those meals I had no favorable opinion of, and never felt…

Recipe #9: Peanut Butter Change-Ups

I absolutely love peanut butter! My favorite candy can be any candy containing peanut butter. I have no problem opting for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. When I am training for a marathon, my training run breakfast is a bagel with peanut butter. So for my last cookie from Dorie’s Cookies before it…

Recipe #8: Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry

The first time I made this recipe it began with me looking through pinterest at recipes I had pinned but not tried, saying to Patrick “how would you feel if I made a butternut squash chickpea curry for dinner?” and receiving in response “that’s fine, but I may need a snack after.” His hesitancy did…

Recipe #7: Creamy Parmesan Polenta

I had recently looked at a list of inexpensive easy dinners on a blog, and noticed polenta was mentioned as a good inexpensive dish. I may have only eaten it once and definitely hadn’t made it, but if it’s not expensive it’s definitely worth making. Can one have too many inexpensive meals at their fingertips…